Bookmark and Share   Sept. 5, 2012   Vol. 4 Week 37 Issue 166


old family farms invited to celebrate with signage

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This sign is proudly displayed at the home of Dave and Carol Steckle. Their 1865 Century Farm is located at 74101 Bronson Line. It has been in the family for 147 continuous years and is best known as Huron Ridge Acres. (Photo courtesy of the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee)

Families who have owned their farms for 100 years or longer are encouraged to celebrate their heritage by joining the Junior Farmers' Century Farm Sign (CFS) program.

In 1967, the Junior Farmers' Association of Ontario (JFAO) started the Century Farm Sign Project to celebrate Canada's Centennial. In 2017, farms that were 100 years old in 1967, will be 150 years old. And, in two years, the first Junior Farmers' Clubs, chartered in 1914, will be 100 years old. These anniversaries present a unique opportunity to recognize the historical value of local agricultural properties.

"I am just delighted to join with the Huron Junior Farmers' Club to celebrate Bluewaterʼs old family farms. As an owner of three farms that have been in my family for over 100 years, I want to encourage century farm owners to apply for the Junior Farmers' signs. Let's have one outside every farm that meets their criteria," said Bill Dowson, Mayor of Bluewater. The Dowson farms are located on Babylon Line, Concession 9, in the former Township of Stanley. Two of the farms were purchased from the Canada Company.

In the early days, there was a sign requirement that the farms remained in the name of male descendants. Times have changed, now it's 100 years or more of continuous "family" operation.

Samantha Klaver, president of the Huron Junior Farmers' Club, said, "Because of the Century Farm Sign Project's continued popularity, signs are in great demand and we even get requests from farms in the province that have been run by the same family for 200 years. The fee for each sign helps us supports the cost of the program and leadership development in our clubs."

The Municipality of Bluewater and its Heritage Committee have partnered with the Huron Junior Farmers' Club (HCJF) to promote the program. Owners may find application forms and instructions on the Junior Farmers' website at:

Dave MacLaren, chair of the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee, said, "The Municipality also welcomes contact from owners of farms that are 100 years old or more, regardless of whether they've been in the same family or not, so we'll know where heritage farms are located.

“A farm may be considered heritage or historically significant because of its age, the years a family has lived there; the activities of one or more family members for example, a prominent citizen; the property contains an old tree; or because it was the site of a large-scale or special event.”

The signs costs are: $75 for the 100 year sign, $40 for add-on signs that are available for 125 years, 150 years and 175 years.

Anyone with 100 years or more of continuous family ownership interested in purchasing signs or having their properties listed should contact the HJFC at: or call the JFAO's head office in Guelph at 519-780-5326 The information can also be requested from Nellie Evans at the Bluewater Municipal Office, 14 Mill Ave in Zurich or by phone 519 236-4351.

Information on Heritage Farms, 100 years old or more, can be given to Evans at the number listed above. In both scenarios please indicate whether you would like your farm to be publicly or privately listed.

Practice of Taoist Tai chi coming to village

Doug Brown, of Bayfield, is hoping to lift the spirits of Bayfield and area residents by helping them to improve their body and minds through the practice of Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi.

Brown has practiced the art of Tai Chi off and on for about 10 years. He recently took formal instruction in the art at the international headquarters for Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi located in Orangeville, ON. He has been attending classes regularly at the Stratford branch of the organization and those who join the Bayfield group will be affiliated with the Stratford group.

The beginners’ class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 9-11 a.m. on Thursdays starting on Sept. 27 and will run for 12 weeks. The cost is $32 a month and this includes membership at the Stratford branch.

“After people complete the beginners’ class then they could extend their membership and continue classes in Stratford,” said Brown, who is now an accredited, volunteer instructor.

Master Moy Lin-shin introduced Taoist Tai Chi to Canada upon his immigration to this country in 1970. According to their organization’s website, in 1984, the International Centre was established in a rural location near Orangeville and quickly became a gathering place for practitioners from around the world to study and train. In 1998, Master Moy died, but his legacy continues as his students work to ensure that present and future generations will continue to be able to benefit from what he taught.

The Taoist tradition teaches that a person’s health depends on the harmony of body and mind. Taoist Tai Chi offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person.

“Master Moy established 108 moves that are taught in the beginners’ class and improved upon in the extended classes,” said Brown. “As we do the practice as a group people get their cues from those around them when they are first learning.

“I enjoy the attitude of the organization as it promotes passion, humbleness and integrity as well as offering both physical and psychological benefits.”

The program is offered for both the old and young and the moves can be adapted to suit a person’s physical conditioning. People can learn more about Fung Loy Taoist Tai Chi by attending an one-hour Open House to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 20 starting at 10 a.m.

New members welcome to register for Bayfield guiding 

In the Spring, the Sparks, Brownies and Guides from Bayfield visited a museum in Auburn to learn about the tools of yesterday. What adventures await for their new season? Girls are encouraged to register on-line prior to Sept. 18 to find out firsthand. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Attention girls and young women of the community, have you slept overnight among all the fabulous exhibits at the Ontario Science Centre? Have you ever gotten your hands dirty planting a tree or made your own handmade drum? Have you ever designed your own float for the Santa Claus parade, laid a wreath at the village cenotaph, or learned about rescuing wildlife?

If you were a member of Bayfield Guiding last year you could answer, “yes” to all those questions. Why not join them this year?

The benefits of being a member of Bayfield Guiding are many – girls enjoy trying a variety of new skills in a comfortable, relaxed environment. They also learn an appreciation of the world around them by exploring their own great outdoors as well as taking a virtual look at countries far, far away. They are instilled with the desire to do service for their community, their environment and for others across the globe. And perhaps above all they develop confidence and make lasting friendships all in the name of fun!

The season lasts from mid-September to early June.

Bayfield Guiding has openings for Sparks, aged 5-6 years; Brownies, aged 7-8 years; Guides aged 9-12 years; Pathfinders, aged 12-15 years; and Rangers, aged 15-17 years. Women interested in becoming leaders are also welcome to contact the number listed below for more information.

The groups meet, with the exception of the Pathfinders and Rangers, on Tuesday afternoons from 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.) The Pathfinders and Rangers will meet twice monthly at the Bayfield Village Inn on alternate Wednesdays from 6:30-9 p.m.

The first meeting of the year for Sparks, Brownies and Guides will be held at Trinity Church on Sept. 18. All girls in these age groups are invited to come out and see if Guiding would be of interest to them.

Pathfinders and Rangers will have their first meeting on Sept. 26. And again anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend to learn more about what being a senior member of Guiding is all about.

If you would like to reserve a spot for your daughter please phone Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443 or email her at Registration to be a member of Girl Guides of Canada is now exclusively on-line. Parents can register their daughters prior to the first meeting by visiting use the postal code N0M 1G0 to find the Bayfield branches.

Only 25 tickets left for "Adaptation"

People will have noticed posters around the village announcing that TEDx is coming to Bayfield perhaps these promotional materials have peeked the curiosity of individuals in learning what exactly TEDx is.

According to their website, TED is a non-profit organization devoted to their mission “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It began in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Over the years the scope of TED has broadened and become globally recognized.

The “x” indicates an independently orchestrated TED event. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all TEDx events have several features in common. The events offer a number of short, carefully prepared live talks by presenters along with a minimum of two pre-recorded TEDTalks videos all offering bias-free programming.

TEDx Bayfield’s theme is “Adaptation” and will focus on agriculture, education, medicine, wellness and more. It will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept.13. It was announced on Sept. 4 that there are only 25 tickets left for this event! 

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the doors of the hall opening one-hour prior.

Organizer Sarah Koopman’s notes that those who attend “should expect to hear from some of Southwestern Ontario's history-making people, watch some of the vast TED library of pre-recorded talks, have an opportunity to purchase our speakers' favorite books and interact with fellow community members.”

Tickets are selling for $25 each and are available at the following Bayfield businesses: Hive, The Village Bookshop and Outside Projects.

Each week until Sept. 13, TEDx Bayfield will announce a new guest speaker. The first speaker revealed was Laura Sygrove, co-founder and executive director of New Leaf Yoga Foundation. The second speaker will be Stephen Baker, principal of Virtual High School Ontario (VHS). The third speaker scheduled is Paul Ciufo, Canadian playwright. The fourth speaker to take the stage that night will be Bayfield resident, Dr. Lorelei Lingard.

Dr. Lingard is a leading researcher in the study of communication and collaboration of healthcare teams. She is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the Western University (UWO) and the inaugural director of the centre for Education Research and Innovation at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

“We asked each of our speakers to recommend a book to event-goers,” said Koopmans. “Lorelei's book recommendation for TEDxBayfield attendees is Elizabeth Strout's novel Olive Kitteridge.”

This book is a Pulitzer Prize-winning "novel in stories".

Erin Roy, also an event organizer noted, "If Lorelei says it's her favorite book of all time, then I'm reading it for sure!"

For more information about this event, email, follow on Twitter @TEDxBayfield, or check out the event page on the TED website:

Land in the huron tract can be donated for preservation 

The Huron Land Trust Conservancy Area is shown on this map.

The year 2012 marks 60 years of land acquisitions in Ausable Bayfield watersheds to preserve and protect natural areas for the future.

It was 1952 when the former Ausable River Conservation Authority (ARCA) first began to purchase important parcels of land to protect soil, water, and living things. That year, the ARCA purchased land, with important ecological features, from at least eight local families. The acquired land was located in Hay Swamp, west of Exeter; the Adams-Klopp Tract, northeast of Zurich; and in Parkhill, now site of Parkhill Conservation Area.

Six decades later, those natural lands continue to provide environmental benefits such as, habitat for birds and animals, protection of water quality and quantity, and limiting the loss of trees.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has acquired many other significant areas of land over the past six decades through purchases and donations. ABCA continues to look at the strategic acquisition of lands in important natural areas through a long-term land securement plan.

A diverse community group that met between 2010 and 2011 to develop a new Conservation Strategy encouraged ABCA to “acquire conservation lands strategically in order to conserve healthy habitat, forest conditions, water quality and water quantity.”

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) has preserved and protected natural areas as well since the foundation’s incorporation in 1974. Since then the ABCF has received gifts of land, applied for grants for the acquisition of land for future preservation and donated towards the purchase of important natural areas.

The ABCF also offered a new opportunity for people to donate land or gifts in a larger area through the creation of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). The Land Trust was created in 2011 with a new volunteer board of directors from diverse walks of life. The board oversees the land trust, which seeks to preserve some natural properties throughout the area of the historic Huron Tract, an area that stretches north from Arkona and includes Lucan, Goderich, Stratford, Exeter, Bayfield, Clinton, and Seaforth, among other communities.

“Local municipalities, landowners, and the conservation authority showed vision sixty years ago when land was acquired for the benefit of future generations,” said Roger Lewington, chair of the HTLTC Board of Directors. “We encourage people to consider donations in order to leave a land legacy for the future.”

For information on lands that have been preserved visit For information on how you can leave a local land legacy for the future, in the area of the historic Huron Tract, visit or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

The art of seeing explored at evening hosted by photo club  


The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will celebrate their first anniversary with a very special evening for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels when they host a presentation by photographer, Don Martel.

“Don has an incredible résumé that runs over decades including many collaborations with Freeman Patterson, one of Canada’s foremost photographers,” said Jack Pal, one of the PCoB’s founding members. “On a personal note, I can tell you that his presentation is awesome.”

According to Martel’s website, photography grabbed his attention while studying Business Administration in college. After working in and traveling for a computer- based career he made the switch to his true passion – photography. Over the years he devoted much time to attending photographic workshops as a student eventually evolving into the instructor.

He note’s on his website that his career highlight came in 1999 during a collaboration with Freeman Patterson for spring workshops in New Brunswick. This was followed by co-lectures with Marike Bruwer on multiple workshops on the west coast of South Africa in 2001. In the fall of that same year, he conducted two, one-week workshops at Singing Sands near Tobermory with Bruwer. Since then, he has held weeklong workshops every spring and fall with James Sidney on the Bruce Peninsula.

Martel’s Bayfield presentation will be entitled, “The Art of Seeing: Principles of Visual Design”. This approximately two-hour presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 6. The doors to the Bayfield Town Hall will open to the public at 7:15 p.m. The cost to attend the evening will be $5 at the door for non-photography club members.

This lecture may peek the interest of photographers thirsty for more knowledge and will be a segue to a one-day workshop of the same title to be held in Bayfield on Sept. 15.

Workshop participants will gather at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and then spread out across the village and surrounding area. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and run until sunset, please note lunch is not provided. The cost is $80 for PCoB members and $100 for non-members; a free membership to the PCoB for the remainder of 2012 is included, however.

The second workshop, Introductory Photography, to be led by George Zoethout, of Goderich, will take place on Oct. 13 at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. This Zoethout instructed workshop is the first of a possible series of short workshops encompassing many different facets of photography.

“Both scheduled workshops are limited to eight participants in order to maximize the interactivity of the experience and to provide the optimum level of coaching. Should the workshops be oversubscribed, future dates will be arranged,” said Jack Pal.

For more information and to reserve a spot in either or both workshops please send a cheque to Jack Pal, P.O. Box 603, Bayfield N0M 1G0. Pal can also be contacted at


weekend tradgedy

At around 4 p.m. on Sept. 2, a holiday weekend turned tragic when the village fire siren sounded, then several emergency vehicles, including the police boat being towed by a police vehicle, were seen speeding through town. Later helicopters began patrolling the lakeshore.

A 53 year-old man from Atwood, ON is missing and presumed drowned after jumping from a 30 foot pleasure craft into Lake Huron about eight KMs from Bayfield.

According to the Huron Perth County Crime News website, as of 6 p.m. Sept. 3, the search for the man was continuing. A second man, a 62 year-old from North Perth, had also jumped in the water. He was rescued and remained in stable condition at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich. The names of the victims are being withheld at this time.

The police report stated, the missing man was the boat operator. He and another male passenger, a 62 year-old from North Perth, jumped into the water for a swim. Neither was wearing a personal flotation device. The waves and wind quickly separated the pair from the boat and they were unable to swim back. Passengers on the boat, although inexperienced were able to maneuver the vessel and recover the 62 year-old male. He was pulled on board but not before he was struck by the pitching vessel and ingested a considerable amount of water. The 53 year-old male was unable to reach the boat and slipped beneath the surface. The injured male was brought to shore and taken to the hospital in Goderich for treatment.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene after witnesses on shore saw flares shot from the vessel. A United States Coast Guard helicopter responded quickly to the scene and assisted in the search until RCC Trenton responded to the scene. The RCC Trenton helicopter, two OPP vessels, two Canadian Coast Guard vessels along with several private boat owners searched the area where he was last seen until dark on Sunday. Officers on ATV’s continued to search along the shoreline. The water search resumed Monday morning.

As of Monday evening, there were three OPP vessels, an OPP helicopter and the Provincial Underwater Search and Recovery Unit at the scene. Two ATV’s were also being used to search the shoreline.

Editor's Update: Just before noon on Sept. 5, Gordon Van Dyke, 53, of Elma Township (Atwood), was found deceased by an OPP officer from the Huron County detachment in Lake Huron south of Bayfield.

historical society

"In response to many villager requests, we now have a supply of a full-size copy of the Cameron Plan of the Town of Bayfield dated 1856 for sale,” said Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). “It measures 24 in. by 33 in. and shows the original cracklature (old paper marks) of the copy the Bayfield Archives has.”

According the BHS, the Honorable Malcolm Cameron had the map commissioned. He had purchased all the outstanding unsold lots from Baron Van Tuyll in 1854 and did a new survey after reducing the lot sizes from Van Tuyll's plan.

“For residents and cottagers looking for a record of the ownership of their properties, the lot numbers that are on this map are those registered in Ontario Registry Office records,” said Rowat.

The copies are selling for $50 each. This covers the cost of scanning, some minor touch-up, and printing. A smaller version of the map measuring 12 in. by 18 in. will also be available shortly. Orders for this smaller version can be taken by using the contact info below.

The Bayfield Archives on Main Street is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Please contact Archivist Ralph Laviolette at 519 440-6206 or email him at

author visit

Get your tickets soon for “An Evening With Terry Fallis” on Oct. 25 at the Bayfield Town Hall. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $30 from The Village Bookshop and includes a signed copy of Fallis’ new book "Up and Down".

bayfield concert series 

Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists recently announced to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next six months are all highly qualified.

Meades Bros. Productions will present four shows from Sept. 2012 to Feb. 2013. The schedule includes: Jeremy Fisher with Rose Cousins on Sept. 20; Basia Bulat, Oct. 18; Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, Dec. 6; and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, Feb. 15.

Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Fisher and Smith concerts, with London Life acting as sponsors for the Bulat and Slean shows. The first three concerts are priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.

All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.

town hall 


Renowned ragtime pianist and raconteur, Bob Milne, will be returning to the Bayfield Town Hall for a performance on Sept. 15.

Milne is an outstanding pianist specializing in ragtime, boogie-woogie and the player piano styles of the turn-of-the-century. He is highly sought after not only as a performer but also as a lecturer and educator in the field of ragtime, improvisation, music theory and history.

For three days in 2004, Milne was filmed during a series of interviews at the United States Library of Congress, so that his knowledge and talent would be documented for future generations. At the conclusion, he was declared, “a national treasure”.

Milne will begin to tickle the ivories at 8 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are selling for $20 and are available now by calling Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or
All proceeds from the concert will go toward the maintenance of The Bayfield Town Hall. The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society would like to thank OLG for their generous sponsorship of this event.

ratepayers' association 

The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) represents the interests of village residents to the Municipality of Bluewater Council.

The next meeting of the BRA has been scheduled for Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All citizens are invited to attend.

BRA meeting dates can be found on the notice board by the new Library Complex construction site and on the BRA website at

terry fox run 

Terry Fox famously said about his Marathon of Hope that, “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going on without me”.

In the spirit of carrying on Fox’s journey, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is sponsoring a Terry Fox Run on Sept. 16.

Terry Fox Runs will be underway on the same day all over Canada, all raising money to help fund cancer research. To date, these yearly runs have accumulated over $600 million for cancer research.

Participants are asked to raise money through pledges, and all the proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation whose aim is to raise money for cancer research and, hopefully, find a cure. The Foundation is responsible for supporting close to $20 million in research each year in Canada.

The Terry Fox run not only raises money but also serves to commemorate Fox, the young Canadian man who ran the original Marathon of Hope in 1980. Fox was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma and had his leg amputated in 1977, three years before he would run over 5,000 KMs from St. John’s, NL to Thunder Bay, ON. Because of this effort, the goal of the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Run is not only to raise money, but to continue to spread the story of his life, achievements and goals.

The local Terry Fox Run will be held starting in Clan Gregor Square. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the run itself starts at 9 a.m. There will be a 2 KM, 5 km, and 10 KM route for participants to choose. Participants are asked to bring their pledge forms, which they can pick up at Outside Projects, and in various other locations around Bayfield, to the registration booth on the day of the event. There is no minimum donation, and every dollar helps. Anyone with questions should call 519 440-8585.

music at the barn 

There is just one more opportunity left for music lovers to experience a “Music at the Barn” Concert.

Josh Geddis and Jenny Omnichord will bring the summer series to an end on Sept. 16.

Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is limited seating.

For more information or tickets contact Danielle Durand at 519 993-3154. Or visit the following Facebook page: Tickets can also be purchased at

bayfield tree project 

Our area trees are thirsty, especially those new trees planted both last year and this spring as part of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). Residents are encouraged to keep watering these trees.

New trees need one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week to survive. A slow trickle of water over several hours is the best method. Trees planted by the BTP can be found on Louisa, Anne, Charles, Howard, Colina and Jane Streets as well as on Bayfield Terrace and Victoria Place.

hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Sept. 18.

The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices. Please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.

fitness fun 

Tai Chi is a form of exercise that has received great accolades from health and fitness experts as well as those who practice this gentle form of martial art. It has been proven to improve balance and memory as well as general well-being and is practiced world wide by young and older adults. A group of enthusiasts from Clinton will be putting on a Tai Chi Demonstration in Clan Gregor Square on Sept. 8 from noon to 2 p.m.

Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport for seniors and is gaining in popularity here in Bayfield. It can be described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong. The sport is now played on Thursdays at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.

One Care sponsored Pole Walking is a popular fitness opportunity in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.

Sundays, Co-ed Pole Walking, at 9 a.m. continues for September, in addition to the usual walks for women that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. Virtual Pole Walking is the also being offered. People are welcome to join the Pole Walking group on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:30 a .m. and don't need to use poles. Those who attend will be broken up into several groups so everyone can walk at a pace they enjoy. After walking, 10 minutes of stretches are conducted in beautiful Clan Gregor Square.

Pole Walkers should note that on Sept. 13 and 27 the group will be walking the Woodland Trail. Participants are invited to park at the trail entrance on the David St. extension. They will set out from there at 8:30 a.m. rain or shine. If on those dates walkers would prefer to do a Gentle Jaunt in the village, please let one of the instructors know and they will make arrangements. Also, Pole Walkers might like to walk as a group in the Terry Fox Run. Participants will be walking the Saw Mill Trail and should meet by the cenotaph at 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 16. Due to this event regular Sunday Pole Walking will not be held that day.

Wednesday Wheels is now rolling! Folks can join others in a 20 KM casual bike ride starting at 8:25 a.m. Cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.

One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Total Body Fit (formerly Dancefit and Toning) classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class or $50 for four months.

Stronger Seniors (formerly Sit and Get Fit) classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class or $20 for four months.

A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.

For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638

For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Mah Jongg will be played again in the fall on the first and third Thursday of each month. It will commence on Sept. 6 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact Gayle at 519 565-2468.








There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, a photograph of The Little Inn as it looked in 1969.

Remember Me 166



Remember Me 163

In Issue 163, fun on the midway was recorded in this image from the 1973 Bayfield Fall Fair. This version of the merry-go-round appeared to keep youngsters enthralled.


Remember Me 165

In Issue 165, prior to the Bayfield Fall Fair Parade in 1973 a group of volunteers were kept busy judging the entries in the many categories. A gentleman named Andy has written in to identify Dorothy Hovey as the lady with the clipboard and his Great Aunt Doris Hunter as the woman holding the "Costume Class" sign.




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optimist club of bayfield


"The Honey Sweethearts" performed at "Open Mic" with Ava Dawe taking the lead. Her parents, Heather and Steve, accompanied on drum and guitar. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

For a toonie, all ages were invited to leave their mark on a soon-to-be junked white F150 truck. The vehicle was far from white at the end of the day!

Gerard Creces, of Goderich, performed at "Open Mic" captivating some of the younger members of the crowd.

Parachute Games were part of the fun at "Open Mic". Keeping the ball in the parachute...or not - was very exciting for the participants.

Rylan Corriveau went for a closer look at musicians, (l-r): Jake Rothenburge, Jamie Stephenson, Nate Crawford and Mike Goldsworthy as they performed at "Open Mic". Crawford and Stephenson are from the band "The Donnybrooks" and Goldsworthy and Rothenburge normally perform with "Aces High".


The Optimist Club of Bayfield invited all in the community to come out to their first ever “Open Mic” in Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of Sept. 2 and come out the people did! In fact it was nearly impossible to find a parking space all around the square.

It was a family friendly way to wrap up all the fun of summer before school started on Tuesday morning.

The afternoon featured some excellent performances by: “The Donnybrooks", "Aces High", Danielle Durand, Brett Pitblado, Gerard Creces, and Richard Gracious. Plus it was reported that "The Honey Sweethearts" led by young songstress, Ava Dawe, stole the show. The young lady sang "I'll be There","Tomorrow" and the theme from "Arthur".  She was accompanied by her parents Steve, on guitar, and Heather, on drums.

The youngsters were kept busy with crafts, parachute games, bubbles and a music station. And folks really brought their appetites as organizers noted that over 100 hamburgers and hotdogs were consumed along with popcorn, water and juice boxes.

A unique way to get those creative juices flowing was also offered – for a toonie – you could leave your artistic mark on a derelict, white F150. When the day was done the truck wasn’t white any longer!

People also brought forth their generosity filing the donation boxes provided at the event with coins and bills. The money raised from this event will go toward youth oriented activities and projects sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

The club members would like to extend thanks to Jeff Graham, of Bayfield, for providing the idea, not to mention the musical talents, for this event. The membership was inspired by his enthusiasm and couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.

Members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield were approached by Jeff Graham with the idea or creating an "end" of summer musical fundraiser. What evolved was "Open Mic" and it included a barbecue. Optimist Brenda Kinnear displayed the hotdogs and hamburgers all ready to be devoured by hungry attendees.


Vada Purser, of Goderich, enjoyed making her own music to accompany the bands that performed during "Open Mic" in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday afternoon.


Youngsters could get creative at the craft table, Siobhan Kleuskens, of Goderich, was kept busy making a magnificent crown and more.


Optimist Mike Dixon welcomes the crowd to "Open Mic".





PIXILATED — image of the week

Tradition Lives On...By Dianne Brandon and Dennis Pal.

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







Melody Falconer-Pounder


How many times as a child did I play pretend wedding – it was almost always out of doors and on the farm where I grew up. I’d march down the front steps, imaginary bouquet in hand, until I reached the magnificent weeping birch on our front lawn where my imaginary groom awaited.

So it was a lot of fun to watch my young cousin practically reenact that scenario on Saturday afternoon when she and her wedding party got ready in the farmhouse. She enjoyed a photo shoot around the home farm and then got married on the property directly across the road which is now owned by my older cousin, her dad. This place was part of my childhood ramblings too.

I will always have a special place in my heart for this young bride, for at the age of six she helped me celebrate my own marriage as a member of my wedding party. From flower girl to bride – she was beautiful at both!

I was married at the end of November; the dream of an outdoor wedding from childhood set aside, but there is no regret. When I walked to the top of the church aisle on that day all those years ago, my little wedding party of smiling cherubs looked up at me and it was just how I had pictured it – my groom was imaginary no more! I’m sure our newlywed will be able to make a similar comment as the years pass. Congratulations cousin Erin and welcome to the family, Ian! - Melody


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder